Solskjaer has since confirmed that Matic will remain at the club, despite earlier rumours to the contrary, and also hinted that to remedy the problems in the centre of the park, Timothy Fosu-Mensah could be drafted back in.
On Matic's future, via the Mirror, Solskjaer said of Matic - whose deal expires at the end of the season:
“There's always a chance, of course there is," the Norwegian said of Matic possibly staying beyond the end of the campaign. The Serbian was expected to depart in January with the likes of Inter interested, though United do hold an option to automatically extend his deal by 12 months. He
Matic made his first Premier League start in almost three months as United defeated Burnley in their final game of 2019, though was also present for the defeat to Arsenal.
Solskjaer went on to suggest that Fosu-Mensah - who has spent time out on loan at the likes of Fulham and Crystal Palace - could also help solve the problem in central midfield. It's an area he's played before, though he has more often featured at right back, and it would be the player's
Solskjaer added: "We will have to find different positions for someone. Tim, when he comes back, is capable of playing there. Andreas (Pereira) has played a couple of games in there, so he’s not let us down in there. He's an option."
A ruptured cruciate ligament meant an April return from Craven Cottage, but Fosu-Mensah is now nearing full fitness and a first-team return.